One of the reasons for the failures in public security in Brazil, and specifically in Rio de Janeiro, has been the lack of resources, be it for the civil, military or federal police. It is not by chance that a series of reforms began to be discussed in the National Congress in an attempt to increase the collection. But for Colonel José Vicente da Silva Jr., a former secretary and professor at the PMESP academy, the solution is another: the legalization of casinos and gambling.
"The only salvation I see is the legalization of gambling in the country. Illegal gambling moves more money than all the drug traffic, around US$6.15 billion. It will be a possibility to raise up to US$9.2 billion in taxes and everyone will want to take a piece," he said at Panico na Radio show last Friday. According to him, with 30% of this value, about US$1.85 billion, could be use to put into practice a plan in the borders and create 30 thousand places in prisons.
In recent months, amid chaos in security, another "solution" has been pointed out by congressmen in some bills that try to change the Disarmament Statute. The idea would be to make the rules less rigid to make weapons more flexible. Unlike many, however, the colonel does not believe that the armament of the population can help in the fight against the criminality.
The professor was on the bench to talk about the controversial intervention that currently happens in Rio de Janeiro. Without hesitation, he said that he was in favor, because the state was in a situation where it could no longer find tools to solve its crisis and needed the "authority" of an intervener. He criticized, however, the position of the local government in relation to the Armed Forces.
Source: GMB / Jovem Pan – venancioaires